Practicing is required for any disciplined person to achieve their objective. Maybe you’re looking to become a greater musician, or you want to win a swimming tournament. Or, as in your case, you want to become a professional pilot. But why do we need to have this discipline? Because you need to acquire new habits and make time for your practice if you really want to make your objectives effective.If you aim to fly like an expert and become a professional, then take a look into the following points we have for you here. These will help you create good habits for better flight training and help you make a plan to achieve what you want:
1. Practice doesn’t make it perfect
I’m sure that you’ve heard that “practice makes it perfect”, but unfortunately, the things don’t work that way if you really want to become an expert on something. It’s all about how you take advantage of your time, not only on the quantity of hours you dedicate to practice, but the quality and results of your training. What does it mean? Well, basically, your practice will not lead you to perfection if you’re not doing it right.
2. Find the correct way to practice
No matter how hard or long you practice, it’s not going be worthwhile if you don’t understand the material. Dedicate a little of your time to review your own methods of practice and ask to yourself if you’re doing the things the way it should be or if your need to work with your instructor (or a new instructor).
Let’s put an example: A teenager likes to play piano and takes some classes. When he gets home, practices a lot. As time passes, he leaves the classes, but keeps practicing after school. However, he is not going to reach a higher level because his practicing habits were not correct, and it became more difficult to unlearn the things that he had learned incorrectly.
What does this mean? You have to find the best way to make your practice productive and be aware of your flight training habits.
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3. Practice Makes Permanent
As mentioned before, practice doesn’t necessarily make your actions perfect, but it make them permanent. What does that mean? Well, this statement has a psychological explanation. In short, our mind and our habits are the results of subconscious repetition. So, practice becomes a repetition of certain action that, after a while, becomes easier for us to perform. In this case, the practice makes that action permanent in our subconscious, so it becomes an ability. But what happens if your practice was not correct in the process? Then you will be learning a weak ability, and it will be permanently weak.
Here’s the challenge, we’re trying to do the things good to earn a perfect ability. We’re trying to make perfection something permanent. If you want to be a perfect pilot, then you have to practice a lot, but make sure it is correct.
4. Ask for help and Find a Mentor
Don’t worry, there is always an answer for your doubts. If you’re willing to improve your training habits or just wanting to know if you’re practicing the correct way, just ask your leader, your teacher, your mentor, or the person in charge of your project. Believe me, they have been in your position before, and they will guide you to achieve your objectives.
5. Get it right, then practice until you get it perfect
When you are sure that you’re doing the things right, that you are oriented to reach your goals and ready to be successful, then start working harder and smarter to get where you want to go! Remember that you are willing to make it perfect and permanent.
This article was inspired by Black Hawk pilot Elizabeth McCormick. Visit her at http://yourinspirationalspeaker.com. Now you have the essential tools to master the art of flying a plane, it’s a matter of will and intelligent flight training practice. Take advantage of your time and make it last a lifetime. Make it perfect. Make it permanent.